A Colorado State football player was held at gunpoint Thursday, and the man accused of doing so was arrested.
The Loveland man faces felony charges after calling police and saying there were two men wearing masks near his home. He said he was armed and was going to go confront them, according to 9News.com. The caller said he thought the two were members of the anti-fascist political group Antifa.
Officers responded and found Scott Gudmundsen dressed in fatigues and brandishing a rifle while holding two men on the ground at gunpoint. They arrested him on suspicion of felony menacing and false imprisonment at 6:14 p.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of Dawn Court.
The two men in their 20s were roofing salesmen wearing polo shirts with the logo of their employers and surgical masks going house-to-house following a recent hail storm. Both are in their 20s.
CSU sent out an email to its community after the incident on Friday signed by president Joyce McConnell, athletic director Joe Parker and football coach Steve Addazio.
“Our student is a young man of color, while the perpetrator is white. Regardless of what investigators learn or reasons the perpetrator gives, we know this: Our student got up Thursday morning, worked out with his team, then showered, dressed, and went to work,” the letter stated. “Hours later, he was facing a stranger with a gun and hearing police sirens that had been inexplicably called on him. Given what we have seen happening in cities across this county, we know all too well that this encounter could have proceeded very differently.”
The two men were not physically harmed in the incident, nor were they charged by police.
Football players returned to campus this week to begin voluntary workouts at Canvas Stadium.
“This young man is precious to us, contributing to our campus many in many ways: as an athlete, as a leader, and as a thoughtful student,” the letter from CSU stated.
Gudmundsen is scheduled for a first appearance in Larimer County Court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
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